Gravatar_NotFound Image Collection

0. Contents

A sample Gravatar_NotFound icon

  1. Introduction
  2. The Collection
  3. Installation
  4. Modifications
  5. Contact Information
  6. License and Warranty

1. Introduction

Quoting from Gravatar’s website:

A gravatar, or globally recognized avatar, is quite simply an 80×80 pixel avatar image that follows you from weblog to weblog appearing beside your name when you comment on gravatar enabled sites. Avatars help identify your posts on web forums, so why not on weblogs?

I use WordPress for my blog. I used the Gravatar2 plugin [broken link] to display the gravatars of people who leave comments in the blog. When Gravatar2 cannot find a gravatar for a commenter, it displays a generic default gravatar icon in place of a real gravatar. [Previously, I used the Gravatar2 plugin. As of version 2.5, WordPress included an option to display an “Identicon” automatically generated based on the commenter’s e-mail. The plug-in was no longer necessary. The built-in function works more reliably and, I think, looks better than the plug-in. These icons may still be useful for you, though I’m not sure if the plug-in is maintained or even available any more.]

I like to encourage everyone to register a gravatar, so I created a collection icons that all bloggers may use as generic gravatar icons on their blogs.

Pick one, pick several that match or contrast with your blog’s theme, go wild and use them all, or create your own using the Photoshop file included with the full collection or available separately.

2. The Collection

PLEASE DO NOT LINK TO THESE GRAPHICS. DOWNLOAD THEM TO YOUR OWN MACHINE INSTEAD. Linking will not work, because I have that feature blocked so my bandwidth won’t be depleted by serving icons for you.


ZIP archive of the full icon collection. ZIP archive of only the Photoshop PSD file. Individual sets are available below. You can right-click an image to save individual icons.


ZIP archive of only the “Basic” icon set.
Blue Cyan Gray1 Gray2 Lemon Lime Magenta Orange Pink Plum Purple Red Salmon Teal TerraCotta


ZIP archive of only the “Intense” icon set.
BlueGold Circus Deep Fireball Firey Icee JollyRanchMelt Passions Popsicles Sherbet SkyJungle SkySand Sunset


ZIP archive of only the “Metals” icon set.
Brass Copper Gold Silver SteelBlue SteelGray


ZIP archive of only the “Spectrums” icon set.
SpectrumLt Spectrum SpectrumDk

Tie Dye

ZIP archive of only the “Tie Dye” icon set.
TieDyeBlues TieDyeDeepSea TieDyeElectricPink TieDyeFruity TieDyeGreensDk TieDyeGreensLt TieDyeHeliotrope TieDyeKoolaid TieDyeRedHots TieDyeSunrise

3. Installation

Every plug-in or blogging software’s implementation of gravatars is different, and providing detailed instructions for each is beyond the scope of this article.

In general, follow the instructions for your gravatar software. Don’t have any such software? Visit

Once you have the software working, check the documentation to see if it tells you where the default gravatar icon is stored. If it only supports one default icon, then pick one icon from this collection, and replace the software’s default icon with it. If your software supports multiple random default icons (like Gravatar2 does), just throw all the icons from this collection that you want to use in the appropriate folder, and watch your blog’s comments light up!

I would really appreciate it if you would post a link to my blog from your blog (if you have a site information or about page, that’s probably a good place) so that more people can find these icons. Providing credit is also part of the terms of the GPL license. If you would like some free publicity for your blog, feel free to add a comment to this page announcing that you are using these icons.

4. Modifications

Feel free to download the full collection which includes the Photoshop .PSD file (also available as a separate download). The file serves as a template for creating your own icons. The file is a Photoshop CS1 format file that uses layers. I’m not sure how well it will work in older versions or in other programs (like GIMP).

All of the gradient backgrounds from the standard collection are included as different layers.

The text is stacked in reverse order so that drop shadows and glows do not cover the text underneath. I suggest keeping the order reversed. All text is set in Tahoma, a standard Windows font (It also happens to be the font I use in my blog. Fancy that.), but feel free to change it to something that matches the look and feel of your blog.

All of the original collection icons use a gradient. I thought about creating some solid-color ones, but have not done so yet. Maybe someone else can and announce it on my blog. There are also few icons that will probably look good for “dark” themed blogs. I’d love to see someone develop some of those, too.

If you do modify the collection, please remember that you must give me credit (a link to is preferred so others can find these icons), license your modifications under the GPL, and include a copy of the GPL with your distribution.

5. Contact Information

If you want to contact the designer, just go to his contact page.

Designer’s Name: Will Murray (Willscrlt)
Website Address:
Journal Permalink:

6. License and Warranty

This collection is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This collection is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301, USA.

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